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We all heard that the quickest and surest ways to put on weight is caused by boredom and emotional eating. Every time I get stressed, I simply pull up my chair to my fridge. estatic

The best way to break such bad habits is to bring awareness to when you're engaging in mindless eating or reaching for the Doritos after a really tough day.  Here are some helpful tips on how to catch yourself and break the habit. Just like any diet works if you stick to it, here are some tips that I’ve tried that work for me:

1. Get rid of all your trigger-foods.  By this I mean get all snacking/high calorie but nutritionally-valueless food out of the house.  If you can eliminate the temptation by eliminating the source, you'll find that's the first step to gaining control. While for me it’s anything to do with chocolate, for you it might be chips and dips. Figure out your enemy and get rid of it.

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2.  Develop new, healthier ways to cope with stress and boredom.  Although Oreos are delicious and satisfy your taste buds, they won't actually do much for your problems and stress.  Exercising is a great way to relieve stress, clear your mind and burn off a few calories while you're at it.  Take a walk or go swimming for some gentle exercise when you find some downtime or need to blow off some steam.

3. Fill your house and kitchen with healthy snacking alternatives to cookies and chips.  Fresh fruit and vegetables are always excellent go-to sources of hunger-satisfaction, fiber and vitamins.  

4.  If exercise isn't your first choice, try practicing some meditative/reflective exercises to calm your mind and work through the stress in a more emotionally-salient way.  

5.  Keep a journal to track your accomplishments and best parts of your days as they come.  Most of the problems with bored eating are due to a lack of awareness to the problem, so by focusing your thoughts to positive, motivating events you'll find a more organic happiness from within.

While it's tempting to grab a muffin for comfort, feeling your own muffin top grow is definitely more unpleasant.  But perhaps more importantly is the effect the change in lifestyle will have on your emotional life and well-being.  Learning to manage your emotions and boredom without carbs and sugar will lift your spirit as well as the digits on your scale.  Take it one day at a time, and don’t be hard on yourself, remember, if today wasn’t great, tomorrow will be a brighter day.  

p.s. What works for me might not work for you, but if you have tips to share please post them within the comments bellow.  Thank you.

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      Cristina Corral wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • Those are great tips, Yana.  I chew sugarless gum while I am at home or driving, so that I will not put food into my mouth.  Sometimes it works.



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • I have gotten now into the habit when I feel like hitting the fridge I clean my teeth and use a mouthwash - plus I have thrown / given away all the bad food - our kitchen is bereft of naughty food and I have given away my freezer so no ice cream, pies, cheesecakes and other emotion foods  

      Good tips heart



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • I do the brush teeth/mouthwash routine.... The problem I have is when those triggers are sooooo strong I still have a car and money to get those thingsfrown But I always try to find something to do to distract mehappy



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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • Distraction works great for me, but I would have to be pulled out of area where there is food estatic for it to work



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      Veggie wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • heart

      I’ve been doing better the past few weeks but I’m noticing I’m slacking more & more.

      As you said and it is SO important (for me at least), DON‘T BE HARD ON YOURSELF!

      When I have a weak moment, I need to remember I can choose to pick myself up by the bootstraps and get back on the right track.  Beating ourselves us is such a waste of time and energy.  But, we do it anyway, sometimes.

      I try to remember that if someone else came to me struggling with anything, would I tell them what I tell myself?  NO Way!  I would be supportive and do anything I could to help them get where they wanted to be.  I need to do those exact same things with/for myself.

      I think when we (I) am hard on ourselves, it’s a sort of sabotage that we think we don’t deserve?  I’m sure this isn’t the case for everyone, but if not, why wouldn’t we do what is best for ourselves?  Why don’t we just let ourselves have that occasional slip without the mental masturbation that we can at times.

      We‘re not robots.  We‘re all never going to be perfect.  So, easy does it!  Patient improvement not perfection works for me.

      heart - ‘if today wasn’t great, tomorrow will be a brighter day.’

      Great stuff, Yana!

      Jean



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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • We will never be perfect because we‘re already perfect, not to mention FABULOUS

      We come in all different shapes and colors, and if we love ourselves as the way we are everyone else loves us.  

      Today is about all of us.

      SO LOVE AND CELEBRATE YOURSELF!!!



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      Marya1961 wrote May 3, 2010
    • Well said, Yana..I have found that getting out an article of clothing that once fit and is now snug tells me it is time to button my lips..lol..and I agree with all the above..steer clear of excess carbs and more fruit/veggies..thanks for sharing!estaticheart



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